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Arsenal legend reveals the tough but right decision Arteta must do this weekend



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Arsenal legend Kevin Campbell has weighed in on the tough decision that Mikel Arteta will need to make in the upcoming game against Brentford. The former striker believes that Arteta needs to bring back Gabriel Jesus immediately into the starting eleven, even though Leandro Trossard has been performing well in the absence of the Brazilian striker.

Gabriel Jesus has missed Arsenal’s last three matches due to a hamstring injury, but he is likely to return this weekend. The Gunners are currently in 3rd position on the Premier League table with 27 points in this 2023/24 campaign. Their recent game was a Premier League match against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium, which ended 3-1 in favor of the Gunners. Their next game will be up against Brentford in the Premier League at Gtech Community Stadium on Saturday, November 25th, 2023.

SEVILLE, SPAIN – OCTOBER 24: Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League match between Sevilla FC and Arsenal FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on October 24, 2023 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Speaking to the media, Kevin Campbell expressed his opinion on Arteta’s selection dilemma. “Jesus comes back into the Arsenal starting XI when he returns from injury, sorry Trossard,” Campbell said. “I think Trossard is a top player, but he’s not Jesus. Jesus gives us another dimension. I was hoping when Jesus went down that Trossard would have grabbed a few games a bit more, but he shared the load with Eddie a bit more. Jesus is the top man, he is the top man.”

Campbell’s comments highlight his belief that Gabriel Jesus’ return will provide Arsenal with an added attacking threat and dimension to their play. The Brazilian forward has been an influential figure for Arsenal since joining from Manchester City and his absence has been felt by Arteta’s side.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 08: Leandro Trossard celebrates scoring the 1st Arsenal goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal FC and Sevilla FC at Emirates Stadium on November 08, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Leandro Trossard has deputized admirably in Jesus’ absence, contributing with goals and assists for Arsenal. However, Campbell believes that Jesus’ quality and impact on the team cannot be overlooked and that he should be reinstated into the starting lineup as soon as he returns from injury.

Arteta faces a difficult decision as he weighs up whether to reintroduce Gabriel Jesus straight back into his starting eleven or stick with Leandro Trossard who has been performing well in recent matches.

The return of Gabriel Jesus would undoubtedly bolster Arsenal’s attacking options and provide Arteta with more tactical flexibility going forward. His pace, movement, and goal-scoring ability have made him a key player for Arsenal and his presence would undoubtedly give them an added edge against Brentford.

However, Arteta will also need to consider Trossard’s form and contribution to the team during Jesus’ absence. The Belgian winger has stepped up when called upon and has shown that he can be an effective option for Arsenal going forward.

Ultimately, it will come down to Mikel Arteta’s decision on how best to manage both players and their roles within the team. The Spaniard will need to assess Gabriel Jesus’ fitness and readiness for a return to action while also considering Trossard’s recent performances.

As Arsenal look to maintain their position near the top of the Premier League table, Arteta will be looking for all of his key players to contribute towards their push for silverware this season.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 08: Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal takes their sides throw in during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on October 08, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The return of Gabriel Jesus could provide a timely boost for Arsenal as they look ahead to their upcoming fixtures. His partnership with fellow attackers such as Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli could prove crucial as they seek success both domestically and in European competition.

In conclusion, Kevin Campbell’s comments highlight the difficult decision that Mikel Arteta faces ahead of Arsenal’s upcoming game against Brentford. While Leandro Trossard has performed admirably in Gabriel Jesus’ absence, Campbell believes that it is imperative for Arteta to bring back Jesus into the starting eleven as soon as possible due to his impact on the team.

Arteta will need to carefully manage both players’ roles within the squad while also considering their fitness levels and contributions towards achieving success this seas

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